The biggest disappointment would be to see the entire food spoiled that you meticulously preserved and canned for SHTF event. However, you can avoid the false alarm if you know what mistakes you made the last time or tend to make in future. That being said, let’s quickly run you through 10 food storage mistakes you should avoid to pull off those difficult times:
1. Storing food you can’t cook
Quite obvious though, don’t store food that you can’t cook or don’t know how to cook. Even if you are storing one, please make sure you also learn a handful of recipes so as to survive during hard times.
2. Storing food you don’t savor
Well, there might be many foods you don’t like to eat and will never eat whatsoever. So, what’s the point of putting in all that backbreaking work to store items you’ll finally dump in bin. What a waste!
3. Storing the entire food in one place
There’s no catch in it but if you store the entire food in one single place only to find it inaccessible during floods, hurricanes, earthquakes or other disasters, what will you eat to survive. So, be smart and plan storage locations wisely!
4. Storing basic foods & overlooking comfort foods
Of course, you’ll want to eat healthy during smashup but that doesn’t mean you should store basic foods and forget about random comfort foods altogether. Keep the basic but don’t forget your favorite fresh fruits, cookies and chips.
5. Not storing spices
This is something you’re most likely to forget. Stash some salt, chilli, pepper, sugar, honey, mustard and more to add to the taste of your stored foods as without them you’ll have a hard time eating some foods unless you’ve taste buds for non-spicy food!
6. Not storing variety foods
Though you can’t expect to party in SHTF time, you can at least enjoy your choicest food once in a while. Keep that in mind and store a variety of food items so that you can satiate your hunger pangs for something extra during survival.
7. Not storing liquids
This is another most common mistake people tend to make. How will you cook rice or beans when you don’t have enough stock of water with you? So, store enough liquids to cook your dried foods.
8. Not planning for alternate fuel for cooking
You can’t entirely depend on fire for cooking. You’ll have to plan in advance for alternate sources of fuel so that cooking doesn’t stop. You might need power, grill or stove. But, please bear in mind you’ll need fuel for operating stoves as well!
9. Using unsuitable storage containers
Always store your food in containers that didn’t hold harmful chemicals previously. This will secure your food for a longer time. Also, ensure they are pest and moisture-proof before you store food in them.
10. Inappropriate storage temperatures
For those who don’t know, temperatures or mostly heat is the biggest enemy of food storage. So, make sure that you place your food containers or cans in a place with appropriate temperature and minimal temperature fluctuations.
So, with all these mistakes avoided you can rest assured you’ll get food to eat for a longer time during natural and unnatural calamities!
Nature is now fighting back against the desecration and it is no laughing matter!